HowTo – Backup Stickies

This tutorial will show how to backup the information in the Stickies app. on your Apple desktop or laptop. The process is basically the same for any Apple computer, except that the ease with which one locates the Stickies Database file is dependent on what Operating System (OS) your computer is running. We will cover both possible scenarios in this tutorial.


Apple Tip: Slider Cell

Apple Tip: Slider Cell

As part of the State of Maine’s 1-to-1 laptop initiative (MLTI), the Project Office has enlisted a team of integrators to provide training and tips to teachers and students across the state to help them be more efficient users of their Apple laptops. Called MLTI Minute, these training podcasts cover topics across different applications, utilities, and web tools.

In a recent episode, MLTI Minute highlighted an interesting tool when working with a data table found within the application Numbers. Called Slider Cells, this tool essentially allows you to take a plain old data table and turn it into an interactive tool. In the podcast, they use the example of a data table made to calculate the interest payment on a principal loan. The podcast shows you how to activate the slider cell tool and configure it based on the type of data you are working with.

Curiosity got the better of me at this point, and I wanted to see if this new interactive tool would allow me to manipulate a chart/graph based on the data in the table. I created two charts to represent the changes made to the rate and the resulting interest amount. When I used the cell slider to manipulate the rate, both charts adjusted to reflect the changing data. I now had a truly interactive tool that I could control and change with the click of my mouse.

Click here to watch the podcast (3:36)


How-To Tech Tip: MLTI Minute Podcast

MLTI Minute Podcast – “It will only take about a minute”

MLTI Minute is a set of video tutorials created by the MLTI Project Team showcasing a variety of tools and features provided to every student and teacher in the MLTI 1-to-1 Laptop Program. Tutorial topics range from tips to customize apps. to making better use of the Mac operating system to hardware performance tricks, all taking about a minute to watch.

You can subscribe to the podcast several ways:

How-To Tech Tip: Keynote Remote App

Portable mice and remotes have been around for awhile now, letting you control your presentation and still be free to move about the room as you speak and interact with your audience. Some use Bluetooh, others use infrared or a wireless network to bridge the connection. Below is a How-To video tutorial on how to use your iPhone/iPod-Touch and the Keynote Remote App to control your Keynote presentation hands-free.

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MLTI Tip: Energy Saver Settings

Provided in the 2009-10 MLTI image are several presets that allow you to determine how your MacBook uses its energy. For example, you don’t want your display to go to sleep while you’re showing a DVD in class, nor do you want to run out of battery power in the middle of a workshop where there are no power outlets in reach.

  1. To access the MLTI Energy Saver settings, go to System Preferences and under the Other section click on 1to1Prefs.
  2. Click on the Energy Saver tab.
  3. Click on the drop-down menu to choose from five different settings. Note how the number of minutes changes based on the setting chosen and thea different between “Battery” and “Power Adapter” as the power source.

MLTI Tip: Cleaning Your MacBook

Follow these rules when cleaning the outside of your computer:

  1. Shut down your MacBook, unplug the power adapter, and remove the battery.
  2. Use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the outside of the computer (dampen the cloth with water only). Don’t allow any moisture to get in the openings.
  3. Don’t spray liquid directly on the computer.

To clean the MacBook screen, do the following:

  1. Shut down your MacBook, unplug the power adapter, and remove the battery.
  2. Dampen a clean, soft, lint-free cloth with water and gently wipe the screen. Never spray liquid directly on the screen. It may drip inside the display and cause damage.

You can also use a mild glass cleaner that contains no alcohol or ammonia. Most office supply stores sell cleaning kits specifically designed for computer screens.